According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 7 million children across the country suffer from asthma, averaging about one in ten.
The New York City Health Department says poor New York City children are especially vulnerable.
The report found that 177,000 children 12 years and younger were diagnosed with asthma at some point in their lives.
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the numbers are based on a 2009 survey. It says it's the first time the agency has estimated the number of children suffering from the respiratory disease.
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